Long Thread Podcast: Natalie Dupuis

Season 4, Episode 3: Once reserved for royalty and liturgy, gold embroidery is an art form that contemporary stitchers can explore and enjoy. Artist and instructor Natalie Dupuis shares her love of this colorful, shimmering fiber art.

Anne Merrow Feb 18, 2022 - 2 min read

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When you imagine goldwork embroidery, do you picture something flashy, glinting, and formal? You might be surprised to discover that goldwork or metalwork embroidery can be subtle and colorful. As Natalie Dupuis practices it, goldwork embroidery is as much about covering the gold or silver thread with silk couching stitches as placing the precious metal front and center.

With centuries-old traditions across Europe and Asia, goldwork embroidery thrived in guilds and workshops, where it turned heads in ecclesiastical and royal commissions. Using traditional materials, Natalie designs modern needlework for contemporary fiber artists—and teaches embroidery artists around the globe.

Colorful Or Nué

Gold or metallic passing threads peek out from between colorful couching stitches. Photos by Natalie Dupuis

Or nué ribbons

A set of ribbons Natalie designed in or nué to honor her aunt.

Metalwork hot air balloon

This hot air balloon incorporates several types of metalwork thread and techniques.

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Natalie's website and Instagram
"Goldwork Couching Part 1: Or Nué Then and Now" appeared in PieceWork Spring 2022. Articles on Italian shading and diaper patterns will appear in Summer and Fall 2022.
Royal School of Needlework Stitch Bank Goldwork Category

Anne Merrow is a former editor of Spin Off magazine and a cofounder and editorial director of Long Thread Media.